Tortoise on the Move

Destination: Turkey

  • TBT: Hagia Sophia, Underground Cistern, and the Prince’s Islands
    Prince's Islands Ferry

    Prince’s Islands Ferry

    The Throwback Thursday series is a collection of posts from my collegiate adventures in Turkey (2011), Italy (2012), and Peru (2013). The entries include the original posting from the trip with a few minor edits – italicized in brackets –   in addition to a few photos. It’s fun to see how I’ve changed since and because of these particular trips, so I hope you enjoy these little slices of my travel history.


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  • Throwback Thursday: Turkish Baths in Istanbul
    City Wall

    Old city wall of Constantinople

    The Throwback Thursday series is a collection of posts from my collegiate adventures in Turkey (2011), Italy (2012), and Peru (2013). The entries will contain the original posting from the trip with a few minor edits – italicized in brackets) in addition to a few photos. It’s fun to see how I’ve changed since and because of these particular trips, so I hope you enjoy these little slices of my travel history.

    My first throwback post will be from my second day in Turkey when my classmates and I decided to get Turkish baths. It certainly wasn’t what we expected… Continue reading →

  • Turkey
    Sunset over Istanbul from Prince's Islands ferry

    Sunset over Istanbul from Prince’s Islands ferry

    Without a doubt, Turkey was the place that inspired me to travel. As this was my first international trip, someone told me beforehand that Istanbul would ruin every other city in the world for me. So far, he’s been right, but I won’t give up the fight just yet. I went to Turkey for five weeks in the summer of 2011 to study Archaeology with 10 other Yale students. Since we participated on an actual dig with the University of Nebraska, we were all admitted on Research Visas. About half of our time was spent in Istanbul before we made our way through central Turkey en route to the dig site at Gazıpaşa on the southern coast. In Istanbul, the interactions between the historical and the modern as well as the East and the West are nearly magical. But one of the most unique and special experiences of the trip was going to a village wedding in Fesleğen. Having traveled since then, I can still say with confidence that Turkey will always have a place in my heart. Turkey is one of the most beautiful places on earth with amazing history and culture that you have to experience for yourself. Continue reading →

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